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Classics A-to-Z

Alan Walker

With one complete cycle under his belt, Alan Walker, our Senior Director of Academic Marketing and Sales, embarked on yet another Penguin Classics reading marathon of one book by an author per letter of the alphabet. Read Alan's latest blog entries (now at Z), as well as his entire first marathon.

Poems By Heart App from Penguin Classics

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Named one of the Best Apps of 2013 by Apple, Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics is a memorization game that will challenge you with classic poems from master wordsmiths including Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and more. You'll rack up high scores and achievements on your way to reciting poems from heart, with recordings you can share online and email to your friends.

Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art.

  • Four poems are included free.
  • 25 poems available in the Poetry Shop (plus the first part of "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám") with new additions every month through the first half of 2014
  • Works by Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, W.B. Yeats, James Weldon Johnson, and eighteen other iconic poets
  • Five difficulty stages and twenty ranks of success

Mark Twain and The Republic of Imagination

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn coverThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer cover

We’re updating two of Mark Twain’s most beloved novels in black-spine dress this October. Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen provides the introduction and notes for both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its pseudo-sequel, the ever-controversial Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, contributes the foreword to Huck Finn, a title she examines as a linchpin of American culture in her own upcoming title The Republic of Imagination.

Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts cover

The third century BCE story of Jason’s voyage aboard the Argo to find the Golden Fleece has its first new Penguin Classics translation since the 1950s. Scholar and poet Aaron Poochigian has given us an accessible and engaging interpretation of a story that has thrilled readers for millennia, and an introduction and notes by Greek literature expert Benjamin Acosta-Hughes help keep the story fresh and relevant to modern audiences.

Penguin Horror

Frankenstein cover

Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro's favorites, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ray Russell's short story "Sardonicus," considered by Stephen King to be "perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written," to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere.

Civic Classics

Civic Classics

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and essential Civic Classics from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life, including the founding documents, pivotal historical speeches, and important Supreme Court decisions, to create a timely and informative mini-library of perennially vital issues.

Penguin Classics: A Complete Annotated Listing iPhone App

A Complete Annotated Listing iPhone App

Discover Penguin Classics—on the go!

The Penguin Classics: A Complete Annotated Listing iPhone App is an exciting Web-based app that connects you to the classics like never before, putting the complete, annotated descriptions of all Penguin Classics currently in print right in your pocket. Includes a fun and engaging Classics quiz, a "Discover the Classics" section, and more!

Stage & Screen

Sleepy Hollow

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow And Other Stories cover

The Fox television series Sleepy Hollow might take some artistic liberties with Washington Irving’s original story, with a resurrected Ichabod Crane battling “netherworld evils” in a modern-day setting, but both book and show (now in its second year) are perfect primers for this Halloween season. Our new black-spine edition of the creepy tale features notes and an introduction by New York historian Elizabeth L. Bradley, and also includes “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Angler” and many other cherished Irving stories.

Of Mice and Men

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Missed the Broadway run for Anna D. Shapiro’s Of Mice and Men, which closed in July? You’re in luck: this autumn you’ll have another chance to see James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester take on the roles of some of the most beloved characters in American literature. National Theatre Live filmed the Broadway production and, beginning November 6, over 700 theaters internationally will be screening the film of the play. Check NTL’s website for screenings near you, and watch for more locations and dates to come.

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